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‘It Is Not a Closet. It Is a Cage.’ Gay Catholic Priests Speak Out
Gregory Greiten was 17 years old when the priests organized the game. It was 1982 and he was on a retreat with his classmates from St. Lawrence, a Roman Catholic seminary for teenage boys training to become priests. Leaders asked each boy to rank which he would rather be: burned over 90 percent of his body, paraplegic, or gay.
Each chose to be scorched or paralyzed. Not one uttered the word “gay.” They called the game the Game of Life.
The lesson stuck. Seven years later, he climbed up into his seminary dorm window and dangled one leg over the edge. “I really am gay,” Father Greiten, now a priest near Milwaukee, remembered telling himself for the first time. “It was like a death sentence.”
The closet of the Roman Catholic Church hinges on an impossible contradiction. For years, church leaders have driven gay congregants away in shame and insisted that “homosexual tendencies” are “disordered.” And yet, thousands of the church’s priests are gay.
Vatican secret out: There are rules for priests who father children
Southern Baptist president says database of sexual abusers possible
White customer at Mexican restaurant swears at Spanish-speaking manager
A video showing a white woman swearing at the general manager of a Mexican restaurant in West Virginia for speaking Spanish went viral over the weekend.
“English is our first language, so you need to speak English,” the woman, identified in the video as Jill, screamed at Sergio Budar, the manager. “Get the fuck out of my country.”
One of two videos capturing the incident shows how customers at Tampico Mexican Restaurant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, were astonished at the woman’s remarks.
A Pedophile Doctor Drew Suspicions for 21 Years. No One Stopped Him.
At first, officials at the U.S. Indian Health Service overlooked the peculiarities of their unmarried new doctor, including the children’s toys he hoarded in his basement on the reservation. They desperately needed a pediatrician at their hospital in Browning, Mont.
By 1995, after three years, they became convinced Stanley Patrick Weber was a pedophile and pushed for his removal from the government-run hospital.
“You’re going to have to leave,” Randy Rottenbiller, its clinical director at the time, recalled telling the doctor after learning a child patient had stayed the night in his house.
But the Indian Health Service didn’t fire Mr. Weber. Instead, it transferred him to another hospital in Pine Ridge, S.D. He continued treating Native American children there for another 21 years, leaving behind a trail of sexual-assault allegations.
Vacaville Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Sexual Assault
After allegations of sexual abuse, Afghanistan women’s soccer team fights for justice
Theodore McCarrick expelled from priesthood after sexual abuse scandal
Teacher awarded over $500K after principal sexually harassed her
CRUISE SHIP SEXUAL ASSAULT: EX-CHEERLEADING COACH ATTACKED DRUNK COLLEAGUE
Woman who alleged rape by Fairfax, Maggette spotlights issue of revictimization
Public Help Sought to Find Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman in Riverside
"My KKK Friends Will Burn Your Family": A Florida Woman Went On A Racist Rant Against A Black Officer
A Florida woman was recorded going on a racist and violent rant against a black officer after he arrested her for drunk driving.
Julie Edwards, 53, told Volusia County Sheriff's Office deputy Brandon King that her "KKK friends would burn his family" and that "niggers should've never been let out of slavery," according to a police report provided to BuzzFeed News.
Dozens with ties to Arkansas group indicted in 'racketeering enterprise'
Racist woman shouts slurs at black shopper, keys her car
Anger over mom's black boyfriend fueled hate crime, Houston police say
This man is under investigation for attacking a trans woman. He just beat a black man.
Wisconsin school investigating after students taunt rival athlete with photo that appears to show him in blackface
Illinois Prosecutors Reportedly Preparing to Indict R. Kelly Over Another Tape
Chicago prosecutors are investigating a VHS tape of what appears to be, according to lawyer Michael Avenatti, singer R. Kelly raping a girl.
“My client knows the identity of the girl and R. Kelly,” Avenatti, who previously represented Stormy Daniels, told CNN. “He identified the two of them on the videotape. He worked for and has known R. Kelly for decades and he met the girl on a number of occasions. Avenatti turned the tape over to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago last weekend, CNN reports.
Four suspects arrested in brutal attack on Texas gay couple
Four men were arrested Tuesday in connection with the brutal beating of a gay couple in downtown Austin last month. Police say an anonymous tip sent to their Crime Stoppers line helped them apprehend the suspects.
The four men allegedly beat Spencer Deehring, 23, and Tristan Perry, 22, after the couple left a gay club holding hands in downtown Austin in the early hours of Jan. 19. The suspects are accused of hurling anti-gay slurs at Deehring and Perry before attacking them. Perry suffered a broken nose after being punched in the face and kicked in the head, and Deehring was knocked unconscious. A bystander called 911, and both men were hospitalized after the attack.
MAN WANTED FOR 865 COUNTS RELATING TO CHILD RAPE ARRESTED IN FLORIDA AFTER ALMOST A MONTH ON THE RUN
After about a month on the run from the law, Garrick Bloom, who was wanted on 865 charges related to child rape, was apprehended in Florida.
Bloom, 47, was wanted in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. The dates of his alleged offenses ranged from 2007 to 2012, and the charges, as outlined in court documents included:
216 counts of rape of a child
216 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child
216 counts of aggravated indecent assault of a child
120 counts of statutory sexual assault of a child 11 years or older
96 counts of statutory sexual assault
One count of endangering the welfare of children
Sex offender center guard accused of having sex with patient
Pedophile Doctor Preyed on Native Children for Years While the Feds Turned a Blind Eye
Extra's A.J. Calloway Suspended Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation
West Hollywood Mayor John Duran Accused of Sexual Harassment
The Big Problem With ‘Biblical Literacy’
America is, quite famously, a nation founded on the principle of freedom of religion. As a result it is easy to understand why many people would be uncomfortable with certain kinds of religious practices (mostly notably prayer) and education in public schools. A little over a week ago President Trump tweeted his support for the introduction of Biblical literacy classes in schools, drawing attention to efforts by a variety of Christian groups to put the Bible back on the high school agenda.
Following Trump’s statement there was a flurry of media coverage of the issue. Fox News reported that “at least six states, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia have introduced legislation this year pushing for public schools to offer Bible literacy classes,” noting that these classes would be electives. (The Indiana bill is not actually a Bible course bill at all. It demands that the previously existing world religions electives class has to include a conversation about the Bible).
There is a strategy here: Project Blitz, an initiative sponsored by the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, the National Legal Foundation and the WallBuilders ProFamily Legislative Network, has been orchestrating the push to create these bills.
As prominent SMU religious studies professor Mark Chancey has written, it’s actually already legal to teach the Bible in schools, so in some sense these bills are unnecessary. Courses like the one Trump is tweeting have been around for a century. Chancey told The Daily Beast that “it is important to recognize that Bible course bills and their sponsors may have different motivations…sometimes a bill is clearly about more than just biblical literacy, and that's definitely the case with Project Blitz bills.” Other measures that Project Blitz has called for includes the promotion of the motto “In God We Trust,” the introduction of a “year of the Bible” and the limiting of the rights of same-sex couples and transgender people. Chancey told me, “Project Blitz is weaponizing Biblical Literacy for the cultural wars.”
The Daily Beast
Chicago teacher accused of enlisting friend to beat 9-year-old student with belts at school
A Chicago public school teacher is accused of enlisting the help of a friend to beat one of her 9-year-old students with belts, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the student's mother Thursday.
Asia Gaines filed the suit against the Chicago Board of Education; her son's homeroom teacher, Kristen Haynes; and Haynes' childhood friend, Juanita Tyler.
The suit alleges that Haynes, 50, invited Tyler, 56, to George W. Tilton Elementary School "for the purpose of corporally punishing" Gaines' son, identified only as JC, on Sept. 20, 2018.
Suspect describes killing childhood friend and dumping her body in alleged confession tape: 'It took me half an hour to kill her'
Police sergeant resigns amid gay bashing and underage gay sex allegations
A gay police sergeant from Chicago has resigned in disgrace after finding himself at the center of a criminal investigation.
45-year-old Eric Elkins, who has been with the department nearly 20 years, officially stepped down from his post last week, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department says.
Elkins made headlines last September when he and a gang of three other men allegedly beat Thomas Stacha and his boyfriend John Sherwood outside of the popular Chicago gay bar @mosphere.
According to The Chicago Tribune, a fight between the men started inside the club and continued outside. The beating left Stacha with broken cheekbones and a perforated trachea and Sherwood with a compound leg fracture.
Elkins was placed on paid leave after the incident. That is, until now. A spokesperson for the department says that since he has “resigned under investigation,” he will be ineligible for retired police credentials.
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Jackson is captured in astonishing video deposition squirming, giggling and quoting Bible verses as he's questioned about molesting boys in unearthed footage
Squirming in his seat, Michael Jackson is asked directly on camera whether he's a pedophile in newly unearthed video footage obtained by DailyMailTV.
The King (Perv) of Pop is quizzed by lawyers about allegations of child sexual abuse in what's understood to be the only time he was ever filmed being questioned on the subject during his life.
The iconic singer, who at the time was 37, appears nervous and laughs, giggles and jokes his way through questions about molesting children in the astonishing footage dated March 1, 1996.
GLORIA ALLRED I Have No Doubt ... MICHAEL JACKSON MOLESTED KIDS
Colo. Teen Gets Life Sentence for Sexually Assaulting and Then Killing His 10-Year-Old Stepsister
A Colorado teen who molested his 10-year-old stepsister before bludgeoning her to death in 2017 acknowledged his guilt in court recently, and learned a life sentence will be imposed during his sentencing hearing next month.
Aidan Zellmer, 16, pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Kiaya Campbell on June 7, 2017, in the city of Thornton, Colorado, PEOPLE confirms.
Man gets 60 years for impregnating 11-year-old in Texas
13-year-old arrested after telling Siri he was 'going to shoot up a school'
White Officer Demoted After Mocking Black Woman Who Walked Home In Freezing Temperatures
A white Detroit police officer has been demoted from his rank of corporal and reassigned from his precinct after posting Snapchat videos mocking a Black woman who walked home in subzero temperatures after having her car impounded.
Steele thought it was a good idea to pull up his Snapchat and record footage of the woman walking away as he and his colleague start quipping, “Priceless,” “Walk of shame…in the cold,” and “Bye, Felicia.” The videos were first uncovered by news station WXYZ. To make matters worse, he used premade filters on the social media app, including “What Black girl magic looks like,” and “Celebrating Black History Month in the captured footage.
A Mom Allegedly Poured Water On Her Sleeping Baby's Face For Keeping Her Up At Night And Posted It On Facebook
Authorities in South Carolina have charged a woman with cruelty to children after she allegedly recorded herself pouring water on her sleeping baby’s face and then posted it on Facebook, calling it “payback” for keeping her up at night.
On Saturday night, Caitlin Alyse Hardy filmed herself tipping a water bottle onto her sleeping 9-month-old daughter’s nose and mouth twice, causing her to wake up while coughing and sputtering, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. The 33-year-old then allegedly posted the video to her Facebook page with the caption, “Payback for waking me up all kinda times of da night...” with three laughing emojis.
Hate crime charge possible for Florida man who pulled gun, yelled slurs at black kids on MLK Day
Florida prosecutors are exploring hate crime charges against a man who was arrested on Martin Luther King Jr. Day after brandishing a gun and yelling racial slurs at a group of black youths.
Mark Bartlett, 51, was arrested for illegally carrying a concealed weapon after a confrontation with a group of bicyclists participating in the “Bikes Up, Guns Down” event in Miami’s upscale Brickell area, the Miami Herald reported.